Governor signs Jones’ fireworks safety bill

LANSING—Fireworks vendors will face tougher sanctions for violating Michigan’s Fireworks Safety Act under legislation recently signed into law, said Sen. Rick Jones, the bill’s sponsor.

“Governor Snyder asked that we make stricter penalties for fireworks vendors not following the law, and I was happy to oblige,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

Senate Bill 193, now Public Act 257 of 2012, was signed Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder after receiving bipartisan support in both legislative chambers.

The measure adds further definitions and increases penalties to the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act. Second and third offenses for unlicensed vendors have increased from $5,000 to $20,000 and $40,000, respectively. Selling consumer-grade fireworks to a minor, previously punishable by a fine of not more than $500, is now punishable by a $1,000 fine and a 90-day license suspension for a second offense.

“We need to get tough on unscrupulous fireworks dealers willing to break the law to increase profits,” said Jones. “For the safety of our communities, we are saying that only legitimate, licensed vendors approved by fire inspectors are welcome to sell fireworks.”